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Homeowners: Fall Planning Brings Spring Tax Savings

October 31, 2014
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Before the first snowflakes of winter, homeowners should think about spring savings. Steps taken today could reduce the tax hit on April 15. Most homeowners who itemize their taxes can deduct the interest paid on their first and second mortgages of up to $1.1 million in debt. That total reflects up to $1 million for […]

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These Real-Estate Agents Walked Into Real-Life Houses Of Horror

October 28, 2014
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It doesn’t have to be Halloween for real-estate agents to stumble into some truly creepy houses. In some cases, sellers haven’t taken the care to stage their home properly before listing. Foreclosures also often yield some rather odd showings. Here are some of their stories. In Colorado Springs, real-estate agent Willi Ellis, with ERA Shields, […]

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A Guide To Getting Your First Mortgage

October 24, 2014
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If you have good credit, a healthy income and money in the bank, you’ll be able to secure mortgage preapproval quickly and proceed straight to the homebuying process. But if you have less-than-stellar credit, are self-employed or have little cash to bring to the table, you’ll want to start the process way before you look at […]

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New Video From Lennar’s “How To U”: How To Reheat Pizza

October 22, 2014
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I’m sure most of us can relate to simply being too busy to cook dinner. You have those nights where ordering pizza just makes the most sense whether you are eating alone or need to feed your family. The question is what do you do with those leftover slices? Are they going to be as […]

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The Newbie’s Roadmap To Buying A First Home

October 21, 2014
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For first-time homebuyers, the whole homebuying process may look a bit daunting. You’re going into what could be the biggest purchase of your life with no experience to fall back on. The good news is a little preparation can go a long way and help you approach this major decision with confidence. Many things have […]

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5 Real Estate Mistakes Retirees Make

October 21, 2014
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Most people heading into retirement inevitably make some sort of real estate decision – whether they downsize, relocate to a different community or make renovations to an existing home that makes the place more accessible to live in as they get older. So, not surprisingly, there are numerous real estate mistakes people in this group […]

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4 Hobbies That Could Wreck Your Credit Score

October 21, 2014
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In our busy and hectic world, finding a way to relax is essential. Picking a hobby you enjoy and engaging in it regularly is a great way to wind down from a tough week. But if you’re not careful, there’s a chance your favorite diversion could hurt your credit score. This article covers four popular […]

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10 To-Dos To Get Your Home Ready For Fall

October 16, 2014
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Here are some essential fall maintenance tips to get your home and yard in top shape for winter. Adjust ceiling fans to rotate clockwise in the cold weather. Simply flipping a switch on the fan housing will change the rotational direction and allow the paddles to better circulate heat produced by your HVAC. The result? […]

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Infographic: How To Read Your Credit Report

October 16, 2014
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The Federal Trade Commission released a study in 2013 that revealed 1 in 4 consumers found errors on their credit reports that could affect their credit scores, but the general public doesn’t seemed concerned. In fact, a year later, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reported that fewer than 1 in 5 Americans check their credit report […]

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5 Reasons Your Credit Score Is More Important Than Your GPA

October 14, 2014
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If you’re a college student, you’re probably working hard to keep your grade-point average looking sharp. After all, your GPA could be your ticket to graduate school, a competitive internship or maybe even your dream job. But if you’re hitting the books so hard that you’re ignoring another important number – your credit score – […]

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